Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Of course, I can't show the back & label yet, but I'll post them as soon as I hear that my partner received her package. There were some other goodies in there, too ... I hope she likes them!
Mine should be arriving any day now ... ... ...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So I made it through surgery intact! Thanks SO MUCH for all of your comments and well wishes. It was great having so many messages to read while I was confined to a horizontal position. Things have gone surprisingly well. Monday (the day of my surgery) is, of course, a bit fuzzy. I had never been put under before and found it to be a strange experience. I was wrapped up like a mummy from mid-thighs on down but was surprisingly comfortable. In fact, I didn't feel the need to take a single pain pill after Monday. It made me really nausous, anyway.
Not much pain to speak of -- more soreness and stiffness, actually. And a lot of swelling, of course. I had my bandages removed on Wednesday and, from Wednesday until today, I've had to deal not only with looking at my shaved legs everyday, but also with having to wear full-leg stockings (to reduce swelling). How humiliating!
My mom and aunt drove down from NYC to spend the week with us and help take care of me and the kids. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but my wife also decided to go back to work for the first time since the twins were born 4 years ago and, as luck would have it, her first day was Monday. YES, the day of my surgery. So to say that it's been a bit hectic around here might just be the understatement of the year.
I've been to 2 physical therapy sessions so far, and have noticed huge improvements in my movement and flexibility. As of today's appointment, I don't have to wear the stockings anymore (YEAH!) and I can leave the band-aids off. I'm still not close to 100% -- in fact, I just drove for the first time this evening, and I'm still working primarily from home -- but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My stitches come out next Tuesday and I'm looking towards that as a major milestone.
And, I'm back in the saddle with sewing! Some finishes to report, including my DQS4 and MBS2 quilts. More on those later!
Without further adieu, here's what bilateral arthroscopic knee surgery looks like, one week later. Self-portrait:
Monday, August 18, 2008
I'm writing this on Sunday but setting it to post on Monday morning at 9:30 AM ... about the time that my double knee surgery (!!!) will be starting!
I've got torn meniscus tissue in both knees and have opted to have them both scoped at the same time. Shouldn't be a big deal, but I expect to be laid up (and full of Vicodin) for a few days. I wish I could say I'm not nervous ... but I kinda am. I've never been 'put under' before.
So I may be quiet for a while with posts (since I won't be making much of anything to share for a week or two), but I will probably be on the internet 24/7 since there won't be much else to do ... so I'll still be visiting all of your blogs and probably commenting more than usual! Please pass along any movie, TV show, web site, blog, etc. recommendations that you might have for someone who will be horizontal for the next week or so.
A few updates ('cuz I know the swap mamas are checking!):
- My Doll Quilt Swap quilt is quilted and the binding is sewn on ... I just have to hand sew it to the back. I hope that I can at least accomplish that this week and get it in the mail once I am mobile again!
- My Miniature Booty Swap quilt has its top completely pieced. I probably won't get to quilting and binding it until next weekend (at the earliest). I might be coming in just under the wire on this one, but I don't think I'll be late.
Finally, as a spur-of-the-moment thing, we took the kids on an overnight trip to our favorite beach, Wrightsville Beach NC, last weekend. The summer just wouldn't be complete if we never made it to the beach! Here are a few pictures:
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The pattern is the one for the second month of the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the month. It's called "Star Struck".
Another block for Jenicat:
You might recognize this pattern as the first pattern from the aforementioned Designer Mystery Block of the Month. It's called "Cross Stitch".
Another "Cross Stitch" block. The muted colors didn't photograph too well, but it looks much better in person!
I used Jacquie's tutorial for this one. My first ever wonky log cabin! I really like how it came out, and I think I'll be making more.
Another "Mother's Dream".
There's that "Cross Stitch" block again! Can you tell that I like it? : )
Another block for whoopdedoo_5:
This one's the "Flying Dutchman Variation" from Quilter's Cache.
A third block for Jenicat:
(Fabrics are Midwest Modern from Amy Butler, but they don't seem to photograph too well. The blocks are GORGEOUS in person! Everyone is doing such great work in this swap!)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Please take a look at the site if this is something you'd be interested in getting involved with.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I used Moda's Fresh Squeezed line in an effort to make it as summery as possible and tried a piping for the first time. I'm really happy with how it turned out, though the pictures came out terribly. They don't do the colors any justice at all. I'm also happy with the progress I've made with hand stitching the binding -- much better this time than last!
Here's the label I made. It's similar to the label I made for my ALQS quilt, but with different colors. Having never made quilt labels before, I hope they're OK! I like how they look.
Another swap comes to a successful close! I was disappointed to hear that the Four Seasons swap won't be continuing since this was my first round, but big thanks to Margarat for being such a great hostess.